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Grateful Dead Live at Providence Civic Center on 1974-06-26


Topics Live concert


Big River, Brown Eyed Women, Beat It On Down The Line, Scarlet Begonias, Black Throated Wind, Row Jimmy, Mexicali Blues, Deal, The Race is On, Mississippi Half Step, El Paso, Ship of Fools, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow-> It Must U.S. Blues, Me & My Uncle, Jam-> China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> Beer Barrel Polka-> Truckin'-> The Other One-> Spanish Jam-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Eyes Of The World


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Providence Civic Center
Location Providence, RI

Source Audience Recording: Sony ECM-99 Stereo mic
Lineage AudMC > WAV > CD > EAC > SHN recorded near the rear of the floor, close to center axis with Sony ECM-99 Stereo mic (on metal pole) > Sony 152 deck. Maxell UD-120 cassettes, with Dolby B ON
Taped by Jerry Moore
Transferred by

Notes

AudMC > WAV > CD > EAC > SHN recorded by Jerry Moore near the rear of the floor, close to center axis with Sony ECM-99 Stereo mic (on metal pole) > Sony 152 deck. Maxell UD-120 cassettes, with Dolby B ON. A > D by David Minches, encoding by Noah Weiner, gdADT Round 17. Complete with Seastones.

Reviews

Reviewer: railroad hutchinson - - June 27, 2015
Subject: he wanted me to record over it !
First let me say this was way before my DEAD time.on this actual day i was 6,and my mom had probably taken me and my younger brother and sisters to the beach for a happy beach day.and i had absolutely not the faintest inkling of what was about to occur 45 miles upstate.-now, I'm happy with my age and who i am,but seriously,damn i wish i got to see this. -TRUCKIN' ,is my favorite. and this truckin' i really like,as do i like the classic first set, the excellent let it grow,the short dark starish jam before china/rider,the meandering china/rider,the short punch of the other one,the classic spanish jam,and of course the eyes encore.so good.-which brings me to how i first encountered this tape.
about 25 years ago a good friend came over to make a copy of my, i think Hartford 3-19-90,and he brought a cassette to put it on,saying it had some muddy recording from some 74'show and he wanted to tape over it.well i put the tape in and gave it a short listen,dialed up the equalizer,fast forwarded and listened some more,pulled the tape out of the deck and said to him ,muddy though it was,"dude, i've got a blank you can have,I'm keeping this".and i still have it,the second set.actually, i think we had a discussion, like: "are you sure you want to record over this?i mean its muddy,but this is good" - "yea,? i don't know?" "where is this?where's it from? - " i think its providence" "WHAT!,this is providence! no way! we can't record over this,i'll keep it and make a copy and give this back to you",which i did. true story.it was muddy,but i listened to that tape often,thinking,wow,they did that in providence?
Reviewer: tree-ap03 - - June 26, 2015
Subject: SIT DOWN!
Why am I (or anyone for that matter) complaining about the morons yelling at what is presumably a bunch of people standing on their seats? I mean, were they unable to hear the show? Did they really think that their enjoyment of the performance would be that much better if they could see every bit of the stage --- from probably at least a couple hundred feet away? Pathetic... But never underestimate Americans ability to bitch about being "inconvenienced" when there's really no issue at all. Breaking out in song -- "And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I free..." to bitch & complain.
Anyway, great show! There are a few very minor issues with certain parts of the performance, but you have to consider that it's a show from '74 --- how bad can it possibly be? My one complaint, other than the morons yelling around Jerry Moore, is that The Other One isn't longer. The Spanish Jam is great, but I'd rather it had been shorter & there had been more "Other One-ness" to the song.
Reviewer: stcooksey - - May 27, 2015
Subject: My 2nd
My second Dead show and by now I was ensconced in the allure of the Dead.
At this show the ticket called for an 8 PM show but when we walked in at 6:30 they were already on.
I can only surmise that they were going to play for 4+ hours and needed to get around the 12 o'clock curfew we had in Providence in those days.
Might be the best Dead show I ever attended.
Or maybe it was just the Window pane.
Reviewer: DJPeebs - - May 6, 2014
Subject: An excellent audience recording of a very good show
Despite "Sit Down" jerk, this is a testament to the audio perfection sought by a true blue Dead tape head. An old school 4+ hour show right smack in the middle of The Wall of Sound period '74. The clarity and power of Phil's bass is evident throughout.

An admirable first set powers on, leading into a notable Weather Report Suite-Let It Grow.

Chinacat-Rider has a different quality than than what might consider the norm. A little more laid back. What's very interesting and notable to me is that the transition between the two songs is definitely an Uncle John's Jam, but I can't find any reference to it. On Dick Pick's 12 it's called "Mind Left Body Jam", which is a crass overstatement. It's cool, unique, creative, but in no way is it at the level of transcendence.

Speaking of Dick's Pick 12, despite the quality of the recording, I believe Dick overstepped his bounds when he meshed together 6/26 and 6/28. The integrity of both shows were trampled by his desire to create a single show from the two. He did wonderful things with the Archive, of that there is no doubt, but Vol. 12 is an example of him being a little too full of himself and not doing the right thing, IMHO.

Back to this show. The Spanish Jam after a marginally brief Other One, is quite significant and magnificent. Classic Jerry virtuoso play. The finale of an extended, playful Sugar Magnolia followed by a brilliant Eyes of the World, leaves the audience on an extremely high note and any listener smiling big. Enjoy the show!
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - April 25, 2013
Subject: Spanish Jam
Though the China>Rider is certainly amazing, IMHO this is one of the best Spanish Jams of the year (along with 7-19 and 7-31; it's also one of the longest ever). The first 6-7 minutes are just totally relentless, with Jerry in particular weaving some serious psychedelic magic. There are also some pronounced Other One teases about two-thirds of the way in. The entire medley of Truckin>Other One>Spanish>Wharf>Sugar Mag is just mind-blowing stuff; though perhaps not quite the equal of the mighty 6-28, this is still one of the best seconds set jams of all time. Dick sure could pick'em in 1974!
Reviewer: gvtmule - - January 4, 2013
Subject: Heaven Help the Fool jam
Been listening to this recording in the car this week. Excellent aud for the period. Pretty much everything's been said but no one has mentioned the Heaven Help the Fool jam at the end of the Spanish Jam just before Wharf Rat. Earliest I've heard. This bass heavy recording does Phil justice.
Reviewer: Dr.Unclear - - July 1, 2009
Subject: If you can get past the Sit Down Jerk...
This recording is really amazing. Jerry Moore was a genius. The transfer is remarkably crisp for the age too.

The one problem is that throughout most of the show there is a moron yelling "SIT DOWN, F***ERS!" or something to that effect. I could slap this guy with a dead fish. This is why you don't yell and go nuts incessantly throughout a concert, especially near a taper's section. His idiotic rage is forever preserved for us to enjoy.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - - June 27, 2009
Subject: Seastones
Jerry Moore nabbed a subtly mighty recording --

The "Seastones" (Phil and Ned and Surprise Guests?,
is stunning -- absolutely stunning -- all 22 minutes of it. It made those who were standing sit and those who were sitting stand.

Nuff said.
Reviewer: NYLifer - - June 26, 2009
Subject: So ggod to have the audience version here
RIP Jerry, and thanks for all the tapes!
Reviewer: Dead-a-Head - - May 25, 2009
Subject: I was there...!
I had just gotten home from college for the summer and didn't know about the show until a high school friend presented me with tickets... I WAS BLOWN AWAY...!! Now I find this recording of one of my favorite concerts 34 years later I AM ONE AGAIN BLOWN AWAY...!! Now does anyone know if any recording exist of the 'Dead from there late 70's concert at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta? I saw them there too.
Reviewer: scum beat - - January 15, 2009
Subject: Sit Down!
this is a great show, but seriously, could someone have escorted the folks out of there who were yelling "SIT DOWN!" the entire show. What did they expect? a deadhead to sit?? Obviously. But since it wasn't working for them, you think they would have stopped. Listening to Ship of Fools, they yell the whole time. I can't believe someone in the audience didn't slip them something to just mellow out! I wonder what these yellers are doing today? Working at the local Cinema 6 I assume.

here's to no more yelling in the world.
Reviewer: thndrbill - - February 8, 2008
Subject: Great Show
I'm not very used to audience tapes and hearing all the talking really reminded me of what it was like. Lots of memories. For instance, I had forgotten all about that song "SIT DOWN!!!" people used to scream for, but the band almost never played . . .
Reviewer: justbornhead - - September 28, 2007
Subject: wish i was there, but this is the closest i will get
if there's a heaven, the first night there will be this dead show all over again.
i have been checking shows all over this site and i decided to download this one and wow, it's on! i was listening to it loud at work after everyone went home and i got the chills.
the recording is the best i have heard so far from the tapes here. so if that's one of things you look for, download this.
'74 seems to be a key year. the dead's quiver was full to the brim of killer tunes. and to think, they kept going for twenty one more years, and are still going separately!
to the guy whose 17th birthday was at this show, right on! i was still waiting to be born.
Reviewer: 12 Joshua - - April 3, 2007
Subject: Great Show from a Legendary Year
Lot's of gems for this fantastic eve but the crown jewel is the most sublime China > Rider ever! I know of no other that comes to this perfect balance of playful laid back GD yet riding the crest of the wave execution.

Rating counts for the C > R alone. Nuff Said.
Reviewer: shennygolfer - - December 8, 2006
Subject: the nuts
I got this show way back in 1976 from an old neighbor fella who must have recognized a little craziness in the little neighbor boy. I was only 11 at the time and it made a huge impression on me. My parents will never understand...
Reviewer: Skippy61 - - May 22, 2006
Subject: China Cat...wow
I have to say that i really like this new interface with the player built in. I am lucky enough to have hi-speed so streaming works out well. :)

Anyway one of my favs ,and there are many,China Cat and this is one fun version. I LOVE the crowd noise, the massive 4 hour show and of course this spectacular band that has become a major part of my life. Late to loving the band i am trying to make up for lost time.

Bless you keepers of the Archive and all those that upload the show. I can't thank you enough.
dowload this turn it up and rattle the neighbours

Peace:Skippy
Reviewer: Atog - - May 21, 2006
Subject: 1974
Great show, even if the WRS is ruined by the Sit Down jerk
Reviewer: gotmyticket - - December 31, 2005
Subject: Good Show
For the time the quality of this show it very good. Eyes of the World is a high point. St. Stephen never bad same for US Blues,China Cat and always Roses.I wish I had been old enough to make the to the old 4 hour shows. It is one that I have failed to rate but it is a sow that I have continued to go back and listen to with regularity.
Reviewer: auctions - - November 21, 2005
Subject: Dead Show 6-26
this was my 17th birthday, and it was one of the best of the 100's of dead concerts i've been to, sounds like i am there again..
Reviewer: ksantilli - - November 10, 2005
Subject: Jerry
This show is awesome for me. One of my favorite Chinacats and I really like The Other One and the Jam after. If I could define why I'm a deadhead it would be with that Jam. Listen to it REALLY loud in the car!!!!!!
Reviewer: The Big Nasty - - May 23, 2005
Subject: Peter the clam
quahog heaven, fresh from R.I, Good ol' Providence
yes, yes......eyes is the prize
Reviewer: Bill V - - December 9, 2004
Subject: Good ole' Dead
This show is indeed a pleasure to listen to.Prepare yourself,crank it up and you're there again.
Now more than ever.
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - - December 7, 2004
Subject: Amazin aud sound quality
This is a superb audience recording with some hilarious comments from the peanut gallery - show is very nice - maybe it was me but at the back end the eyes was clipping, apart from that great wharf rat and solid first set.
Reviewer: Ox Fall Down - - September 19, 2004
Subject: China>UJB>Rider
is good, not great. If you're choosing on this alone try 5.17.74.
Reviewer: Susep - - August 17, 2004
Subject: Synchronicity
Very cool China Cat although I think the Mind/Rider meanders. Fun Beer Barrel Polka. This Eyes encore sets up the next show beautifuly where the day in between the Dead released Mars Hotel. The heat was on in Beantown.
Reviewer: jeeves - - May 25, 2004
Subject: DP12
The Eyes encore is one of the best ever!!
Reviewer: deadtoolhead - - April 28, 2004
Subject: amazing
just an awsome show...with one of the best eyes of the worlds to end it...also one of my favorite china cat sunflowers...this show featured on dicks picks 12...unreal stuff
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